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Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Global Bourgeoisie and Africa's Middle Class

".... CHAMBI CHACHAGE... looked at the connection between alcohol and class formation in colonial Tanzania. He described how colonial legislation banned Africans from producing, distributing or consuming European liquor. As a consequence, towards the end of the colonial period and after the lifting of this prohibition wealthy Africans used European liquor as a symbol of status to distinguish themselves as a new economic elite....EMMA HUNTER...then returned to East Africa and discussed how newspapers and print media contributed to the rhetoric construction of an East African middle class. Hunter stressed that the social groups she discussed did not use the term “middle class” to refer to themselves and did not possess the wealth, political rights or transnational social connections of middle classes in Europe or America. However, print media still allowed them to transcend the colonial reality and imagine themselves as part of a global collective striving for progress..." - Ghassan Moazzin's Overview of a Conference on The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Class in the Age of Empire

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